Ag News

With the water quality issues around Lake Erie this summer, the Ohio no-till summer field day on September 9 will have an added emphasis on cover crops to help farmers address water quality and nutrient management issues. “The field day is designed around all of it, everything about no-till, because there are a lot of guys who have been no-tilling for years, but haven’t been doing cover crops,” said John Buck who will host the no-till field day on his farm in western Marion County. “We’re finding nitrogen and other benefits that are there from putting cover crops out.” Buck, who has...
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Cattle country is quiet on Tuesday with bids and asking prices not fully established as both producers and packers are busy counting heads. Last week cattle buyers waited until late in the day on Friday to fill showlists and some were forced to pay higher money. Live sales in the South ranged from 155.00 to 156.00, 3.00 to 4.00 higher. While Northern dressed business was marked at mostly 245.00 generally 3.00 higher than the previous week, basis Nebraska’s weighted average. Boxed beef cutout values are higher with the choice up .41 at 246.71, and select was up .81 at 235.20. Feeder cattle...
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USDA reports wheat export inspections for the week ending August 28 were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and soybeans fell short of their respective marks for 2013/14. The 2014/15 marketing year for corn, soybeans, and sorghum started September 1. Wheat came out at 773,041 tons, up 194,099 from the week ending August 21, but down 236,865 from the week ending August 29, 2013. For the 2014/15 marketing year to date, wheat inspections are 6,533,311 tons, compared to 9,309,484 in 2013/14. Soybeans were pegged at 37,381 tons, 107,780 lower than the previous week...
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Kuboto Senior Product Manager Paul Williams says Kubota tractors are synonymous with quality. He’s been with the company for more than three decades and tells Brownfield Ag News there’s a sort of mystique with the Kubota name. We caught up with Williams, who described himself as an Iowa farm boy, at the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Interview with Paul Williams at FPS (4:00 mp3)      
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Ag News - Rural Issues

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called Brownfield Friday morning to announce that agricultural exports will set another new record when the 2014 fiscal year ends on September 30th. Overall, the forecast for U.S. ag exports was raised to a record 152.5 billion dollars, up three billion dollars from last quarter’s forecast. Secretary Vilsack...Read the full story... »     
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On the program at Beck’s Hybrids, Becknology Days, Cameron Mills who farms in North Central Indiana, near Walton and cover crop consultant, talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about the growing interest in cover crops. To begin, Mills says for those thinking about cover crops, they first need to look at their entire program. Audio:...Read the full story... »     
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Lloyd Gunter has been producing Grade A milk on his Missouri dairy farm since 1967. With almost 50 years of experience under his belt, Gunter has seen the good times and the hard times for the dairy industry. In July, Missouri’s Governor Nixon vetoed an omnibus bill, which presents many benefits to the state’s agriculture industry. Coming up...Read the full story... »     
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The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is back for a 5th consecutive year. The program gives farmers the opportunity to win 2,500 dollars to donate to their favorite non-profit organization.  Since 2010, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than 16 million dollars into rural America. Deborah Patterson, president of the...Read the full story... »     
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